MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, PA – Police are seeking a man accused of throwing a two-year-old toddler onto the shoulder of a highway after threatening to kill the child’s mother and biting her finger.
In a horrific act of violence, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania man, Tyree V. Berry, 34, is accused of throwing a two-year-old toddler from the backseat of a vehicle along Route 30 West in Manheim Township on Sunday.
The Manheim Police Department reported that during an altercation with the child’s mother, where Berry threatened to kill her numerous times, the victim pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road to flag down help from other motorists.
Berry then attempted to remove the two-year-old child from the backseat of the vehicle, biting the child’s mother on her left index finger as she fought to stop him.
Once Berry was able to free the child from the seat, he threw the toddler onto the shoulder of the highway before fleeing the scene.
Police have issued an arrest warrant and charged Berry with Endangering the Welfare of Children, Simple assault and Terroristic Threats.
Greshina L. Johnson, the child’s aunt, posted on Facebook a photo of Berry asking for the public’s help in locating him. Johnson said Berry may be in Lancaster, Harrisburg or Reading.
She also identified the car he is driving as a black Mitsubishi Mirage.
In the thread to her post, Johnson also posted a picture of a similar vehicle Berry may be driving and said that he may also be in the York, Pennsylvania area.
Berry, Tyree V – (1) count Endangering Welfare of Children and 2 additional charges https://t.co/ohH44SrnUv
— Manheim Township Police Department – Lancaster, PA (@ManheimTwpPD) July 20, 2020
According to Johnson’s post, the vehicle was actually in motion when Berry threw the toddler onto the side of the highway.
In other comments, Johnson said that the child was “okay.” Anyone who may know of Berry’s whereabouts or other information can submit a tip here.
Tensions are exceptionally high following the Coronavirus lock down with many parents out of a job and unable to put food on the table, increasing the stress among couples as well as the likelihood of physical abuse.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine urged residents in a briefing to report domestic abuse during the state’s coronavirus in April.
According to a report in The Guardian, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which typically receives up to 2,000 calls per day, counted 951 callers between March 10 and 24 who mentioned Covid-19 while reporting their abuse.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and one in four women are the victims of abuse.
While many cities are defunding police or letting offenders out of jail, police say they are seeing a rise in domestic disputes.
In western Pennsylvania, Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox said that he estimated that the number of domestic calls is up by at least 50%.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last week two police reform bills, one of which established a mandatory, statewide database of police misconduct, a change sought by police reform advocates.
Rep. Dan Williams, who sponsored one of the bills Gov. Wolf signed, focused more on the mental health of officers, but did address training on child abuse.
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We have just released two studies on the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on domestic violence using data from Argentina. Both studies show significant increases of domestic violence due to the lockdown.
— Santiago PEREZ VINCENT (@santipvincent) July 17, 2020
“I’m proud that my bill will enhance the training the police receive so they can better serve the public and expand the reporting system to protect children from child abuse. The swift passage of these bills and their enactment into law is a sign that police reform and child protection are not partisan issues.”
It is police officers who are the first to know what is going on in their communities and defunding the police in vulnerable neighborhoods where crime is rampant and often victims are afraid to speak out, will only hurt those who need it most.
Unspeakable violence against children, such as what Berry is accused of doing, must not be allowed to go unpunished because of politics.
The number of children who have been killed in the wake of the unchecked violence that has followed the death of George Floyd must be stopped and it will take more, not less, officers on the streets.
A mother was recently shot in front of her toddler in California. Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s previous report on that.
In responding to an apparent robbery in Lancaster the morning of July 15th, authorities found a women shot and an unharmed one-year-old child inside of a vehicle at the scene. The shooting took place just before 1 a.m. at a Mobil gas station in the 800 block of East Avenue I.
According to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, when deputies arrived on scene they found a Black female in her 20’s, sitting in the driver side of an SUV suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. The woman was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where she was treated for her injuries.
Regarding the one-year-old child, the news release stated:
“We are happy to share that he was unharmed during this shooting. Our deputy sat on the ground to comfort and distract the little boy.”
Deputy Josef Schirmeister is part of the community in/out of uniform. @LASDHQ’s Community policing model is exactly this. Thank you Josef for comforting this precious 1 year old baby boy caught in the middle of a violent act that has left his mother in critical condition. https://t.co/q1D8VMSUoO pic.twitter.com/ggFvOOAV3t
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) July 16, 2020
A preliminary investigation determined that the woman was a victim of a robbery by two men and one woman, also in their 20’s. While executing a search warrant, deputies said that they recovered some evidence from the shooting.
According to KTLA, Lt. Clinton Skaggs stated that a robbery had occurred and that the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. Lt. Skaggs added that they are hopeful surveillance footage may have captured the incident or at least some of it.
According to ABC7, shortly after the incident, no arrests had been made, but at the time, authorities stated that they did have leads on the suspects.
Later that day on July 15th, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s surveillance units spotted the suspects in Anaheim and they were apprehended following a brief pursuit by the Anaheim Police. According to authorities, all three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
As of the arrest, officials have not identified the suspects they have in custody and no further details have been provided.
In another violent act that took place recently in Lancaster County, C.A., the sheriff’s department has released new photos of a man and possible female accomplice involved in a vicious beating and robbery of an 80-year-old grandfather at a Lancaster grocery store.
According to ABC7, the victim, Roberto Lopez Flores, has 17 grandchildren. The violent beating left him in the ICU at a local hospital with severe facial injuries and broken ribs. According to Roberto’s family, he would always accompany his wife to the store to make sure she was safe. While they were waiting in the checkout line, he stepped away in order to use the store restroom.
Investigators say that while Roberto was in the bathroom, a man attacked him, repeatedly punching him and kicking him in the ribs. The man then stole his wallet before fleeing the scene on foot. Luckily, another shopper found him in a pool of blood on the floor of the bathroom. According to his family, he is on blood thinners and could have bled to death had he not been found so quickly.
Detectives have described the suspect as a Black male, about 20-25 years old, standing about 5’8″ tall and weighing about 250 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a light t-shirt and shorts. Newly released photos also show him wearing sandals with socks and a black mask with white teeth printed on the front. The photo of the woman allegedly accompanying him has also been released.
Detectives seeking public's help identifying 2 individuals believed to be involved in robbery/assault of elderly man in Lancaster. Help us bring justice for this man & his family. pic.twitter.com/R6MsiP2vZ1
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) July 10, 2020
Authorities are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Superior Grocers, located at 1010 East Avenue J around 8:30 a.m. on July 15th, and saw a person matching the photos and descriptions, to contact Lancaster detectives at 661-948-8466. The sheriff’s department said in a statement:
“If you see something, hear something, or have any information, please help us bring justice for this victim.”
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